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Mainstreaming

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

George Bernard Shaw

The term mainstreaming describes the inclusion of students with disabilities in schools and classrooms with nondisabled students. Since the mid-1990s, educators have tended to abandon that term for another, namely, inclusive education. The rationale for the change was to emphasize the active role that schools can play to effectively include students with disabilities in the academic and social life of schooling. Inclusive education refers less to a specific set of practices or place for schooling than to an orientation (i.e., a way of thinking), to an outlook or stance that ...

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